Red and gold, ruffled pink and dark green against a mahogany backdrop stand in for all the beauty and mystery of Mesopotamia and environs in our mind's eye, not to mention on our dinner table
The table's set, and food preparation is well underway for tonight's festive meal in celebration of this day of days. We found some purple food coloring and stained our index finger -- "as a sign of solidarity and a tip of the hat to the courage of the Iraqis today," as one of Andrew Sullivan's readers suggested [via InstaPundit], but there was one problem. We tried photographing said finger in front of our post of Chris Muir's Day by Day cartoon featuring that lovely Iraqi woman "giving the finger" to the "insurgents," but it came out looking x-rated, and this is a family blog.
Purple food coloring on the underside of the other hand bears witness to the dying of our index finger in solidarity with the Iraqi people.
Instead, we went for the other hand, the one we used to empurple that index finger. What a mess. But that's the idea. It doesn't wash off, so you can't cheat (a simpler version of Hugh Hewitt's If It's Not Close, They Can't Cheat).
Speaking of x-rated, did you hear the latest goal-moving meme -- [again via InstaPundit] from Cigars in the Sand -- being promulgated by our glass-is-empty friends of the left?
As John Kerry told Tim Russert this morning on Meet the Press (couldn't find the exact reference after a reasonable search, darn it), this election can never be considered legitimate until we get the world community behind it.* Tell that to the millions of Iraqis who stepped out and braved potential terrorist attacks to cast their votes today, mister. No wonder you're toast.
*Update: From the MSNBC transcript: "No one in the United States should try to overhype [Hype? Overhype? Just say no. --ed] this election . . . what really counts now is the effort to have a legitimate political reconciliation, and it's going to take a massive diplomatic effort and a much more significant outreach to the international community than this administration has been willing to engage in. Absent that, we will not be successful in Iraq."